I've been on a road trip and have all my gear packed in my car. Astro observing and imaging is a big part of this trip (along with regular daytime landscape photography and nightscapes). So far I've done Texas, New Mexico, AZ, Utah, and most recently nearly a month in California. My biggest unexpected hurdle in a lot of these places has been wind.
I've had great skies in most of these places but didn't do any astro in Utah (full moon and I fled from clouds during the lunar eclipse and haven't been back).
As we get into the heat of summer things seem to be changing- it seems there are a lot of problems with fires/smoke emerging now and in other places it looks like summer storms/clouds, or are just too hot.
So I'm looking for input on a route to take of places to explore near national parks that will also give me a decent chance of good clear skies. I also want to go a bit more north but I'm concerned about the shorter nights at higher latitudes and less visibility as well making some places not worth it, so I might try to time going to them during a full moon (if I went to Glacier NP for example).
From CA I was thinking of either going up to the PNW through Oregon/Washington, or going to Wyoming through Idaho. I'm a bit concerned about clouds in all of these places looking at weather from the past few days and pics I've seen from a friend in Wyoming.
Any feedback/ideas? Good spots to check out in any of these areas? hidden places or things to be aware of?
Colorado is an eventual destination later in the summer on my way back.